A greypages directory is a phone directory that differs from a standard phone directory in that the entries are listed by phone number rather than by name. A greypages directory is also known as a reverse phone lookup directory, reverse telephone directory, reverse search directory, reverse phone listing, reverse phone directory, criss cross directory and other similar close derivations.
Whilst you may easily find a free greypages directory containing landline phone numbers, you will not be so lucky regarding cell phone numbers. This is because the information pertaining to cell phone owners cannot be found in the public domain, it is spread across the many cell phone companies’ databases.
Savvy entrepreneurs spotted demand for greypages directories (re: cell phone numbers) and consequently several Reverse Phone Lookup companies sprouted up across the US over the last decade or two. These companies have collated information on the owners of cell phone numbers from various sources and offer on-line look up services – for a price of course. Many of these companies offer a basic search facility to identify the name and address of a cell phone owner (or landline number, even unlisted ones) and supplement this service by offering additional information such as criminal record checks, background checks, details on neighbors, relatives etc. You get what you pay for, as ever.
You may find some companies offering free reverse cell phone lookup facilities but you’ll find such free facilities end with no more information than the name of the phone company and carrier. You’ll then be invited to pay for any useful info.
Of course, greypages directories are used by the police, other law enforcement agencies and emergency services but their directories are way out of public reach.